Agggghhhhh. Where do you start? How about no? It's not that ordering online is a bad thing. Or that the dress is being made in China. And it's definitely nothing to do with arriving in time. It's more to do with quality, design and whether you are prepared to trust the most important dress decision of your life to an online purchase.
The saying - 'if it looks too good to be true, it usually is' - is never more relevantly applied than to Chinese copy wedding gowns. A well known auction site is awash with these look-alike dresses. Most are poorly constructed using inferior fabrics and the resemblence to the original can often be unrecognisable. Not to mention the fact that a design has quite clearly been ripped off.
Buying a wedding dress should be an experience that you remember for the rest of your life. It is something that should be shared with those closest to you (not your Iphone or laptop), with advice and guidance provided by experts.
Bridal boutique staff know what they are doing. They know whether a dress style will suit you, what accessories should be used to complement and they will always work within a budget. I always say to my brides that buying your wedding dress is a journey and it doesn't stop when you have actually found 'the one'. There are the follow up visits for fittings, accessories and shoes.
You want to feel that the whole process is one which will make you feel more special than at any other time of your life and most bridal boutiques strive to achieve this. If you buy a dress online from China, do you think you could say your wedding dress shopping was a magical experience? Probably not.
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